Scaevola ramosissima

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Purple Fan-flower
Scaevola ramosissima Elvina Trail.jpg
Purple Fan-flower at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Goodeniaceae
Genus: Scaevola
Species: S. ramosissima
Binomial name
Scaevola ramosissima
(Sm.) K.Krause
Synonyms

Scaevola hispida Cav.

Scaevola ramosissima known as the (Purple Fan-flower or Snake flower) is a small shrub or climber[1] in the family Goodeniaceae, native to south eastern Australia. The habitat is often near the sea, on poor sandy soils frequented by fire. Growing in the eucalyptus forest or heathlands.

Description[edit]

It grows to 40 cm in height and produces attractive purple flowers between the months of August and March. It grows along the ground with some raised shoots.

Leaves without stems, 2 to 10 cm long and 2 to 10 mm wide.[2] Leaves thin and somewhat reverse lanceolate in shape. The leaf edges may or may not be toothed.

painting by James Sowerby

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